programme of Conferences and workshops

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Portuguese Maritime Day Commemorative Conference

10:30-12:40 The Blue economy in the EU Green Deal: financing the blue economic recovery


Short description

Starting up a Blue recovery of the economy demands also new blue finance solutions. This panel will dive into the new blue finance instruments that will come up with the EU Green Deal and also explore the blended and hybrid finance solutions that can be built with the private sector.



10:00 | Opening

      • António Nogueira Leite – President of Fórum Oceano
      • Paloma Rueda – Managing-Director of Centro Tecnológico del Mar – Fundación CETMAR
      • Andreea Strachinescu – Head of Maritime Innovation, Marine Knowledge and Investment Unit – DGMARE
      • Alicia Villauriz, General Secretary for Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Government of Spain
      • Ricardo Serrão Santos – Portuguese Minister of Sea


10:45 | Keynote Speaker

      • Kim Kreilgaard – Head of Lisbon Office, European Investment Bank


11:20 | Round Table with the participation of:

      • Daniela Cedola – Director for the Blue Invest platform, PWC
      • José Gamito Pires – Digital Bank for Clients, BNP Paribas
      • Frederico Serras Gago – Board Member, Instituição Financeiro de Desenvolvimento /BPF
      • Rui Ferreira – Executive Vice President, Portugal Ventures
      • Ingvild Kjørrefjord – Senior Advisor, Innovation Norway
      • Olivier Raybaud – Blue Oceans Partners
      • Javier Fraga Díaz – Director of ABANCA MAR


12:30 | Institutional closure

      • Pedro Siza Vieira – Minister of State for the Economy and the Digital Transition


Moderator: Ruben Eiras, Fórum Oceano



Virtual Workshops

15:00-16:30 Towards a pact for skills in the maritime technology industry


Short description

This session will present how skill requirements in the blue economy will likely change in the future as a result of emerging trends such as digitalisation, the rising demand for more sustainable practices and the adoption of new technologies.

Framing the session, the Pact for skills of the European Skills Agenda will be presented as a new engagement model to encompass efforts from Industry, public and private employers, social partners, education and training providers and employment agencies.

The session will also showcase the outcomes and proposals of complementary projects focusing key sectors such as shipbuilding, blue renewable energy and maritime transport. It will launch a debate on the needs for reskilling and upskilling activities to move in a timely way towards a more efficient and sustainable future.


15:00 | Welcome words

      • Carlos Maio, QSR Consulting – Portugal


15:05 | Opening address: “The pact for skills: a new engagement model”

      • Felix Rohn, DG EMPL European Commission, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion Unit E.2 – Skills and qualifications, – Belgium


15:15 | “MATES: A skills blueprint for shipbuilding and offshore renewable energy”

      • Lucía Fraga Lago, Technology Centre of the Sea – CETMAR Foundation, Head of Training Department (MATES project) – Spain


15:25 | “SkillSea: A skills strategy for the maritime transport industry”

      • Job de Groen, STC Group , SkillSea project coordinator – Netherlands


15:35 | “Sherpa do Mar project: boosting entrepreneurship in the maritime”

      • Andrea Ogando, Vigo University –Spain


15:45 | Break out session: setting priorities for a successful skilling strategy in the maritime industrial ecosystems: offshore renewable energy, shipbuilding, maritime transport

Facilitators: Carlos Maio, QSR Consulting, Lucía Fraga Lago, Amaya Soto Rey, Susana Bastón Meira, Technology Centre of the Sea – CETMAR Foundation, , Alco Weeke, STC Group,  Kais Jacob Mohamed Falcon, Vigo University..

The groups will debate on the most relevant objectives that they consider that a pact for skills should achieve. Each breakout room will contextualize their debate on one of the three proposed sub-sectors:

    • Offshore renewable energy;
    • Maritime transport;
    • Shipbuilding.


16:20 | Presentation of break out session results and next steps

Facilitators: Carlos Maio, QSR Consulting, Lucía Fraga Lago, Amaya Soto Rey, Susana Bastón Meira, Technology Centre of the Sea – CETMAR Foundation, Alco Weeke, STC Group,  Kais Jacob Mohamed Falcon, Vigo University.


16:30 | Closure


Moderator: Carlos Maio, QSR Consulting – Portugal

Virtual Workshops

10:00-11:30 IN4.0 Connect and international best practices (Project IN4.0)


Short description

The aim of this workshop is to explore and validate the achievements of the IN 4.0 project regarding the exchange of cross-sectoral best practices. Examining (1) the knowledge transfer to boost marketing strategies and (2) business innovation production processes in shipbuilding companies will be disseminated. It will also present the IN4.0 Connect Digital Platform, a tool that seeks to match-make firms from the traditional Maritime Sector with digital IN 4.0 Technology specialists and help firms make business and research connections. The main objective is to promote cross-sector collaborations, connections and increase company synergies. Evidence-based case examples will be presented. The Intended outcome is promoting collaborations on a global scale to enhance the competitiveness of the companies in the naval sector and improve the digitalisation of our industry sectors.



10:00 | Institutional welcome by the IN 4.0 Project Lead Partner

      • Ana María Mejías Sacaluga, Deputación de Pontevedra (DEPO)


10:05 | The IN 4.0 Project and workshop contextualisation

      • Benjamín López, Deputación de Pontevedra (DEPO)


10:15 | “Cost savings and benefits of the adoption of industry 4.0 technologies for shipbuilding SMEs’ and International best practices identified in other sectors

      • Project results:
        • Conclusions on the report “Cost savings and benefits of the adoption of industry 4.0 technologies for shipbuilding SMEs”

Christos Gkerekos, Phd., Knowledge Exchange Associate at the Faculty of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering (NAOME), University of Strathclyde


        • Best technology cases identified in sectors other than the maritime sector

Pablo Fidalgo, Project Manager, Galician Association of Metal Industries and Associated Technologies (ASIME)


      • Best practices based on IN 4.0 technologies as a part of the marketing strategy:
        • Congalsa, Spain (Food Sector)

Julio Simarro, Sales and Marketing Director


      • Best practices based on Innovative processes based on IN 4.0 technologies:
        • Institut de Recherche Technologique Jules Verne, Nantes, France​

Olivier Preziosa, Technology Transfer Strategist, Technology Transfer Strategist


        • Automotive Technology Centre of Galicia (CTAG), Spain

Ana Paul, Head of Technology Innovation


10:55 | Making the most of cross-sector connections: the IN 4.0 Connect platform

      • Project results:
        • The IN 4.0 Connect platform, advantages of cross-sector connections and clustering

Yvonne O’Byrne/Jamie Meehan, Ph.D., Senior Researcher at the Department of Management & Enterprise, Cork Institute of Technology (CIT)


      • Experiences:
        • DARE Technology, Ireland (Cleantech sector)

Darren Hayes and Patrick Grehan, partners and founders


11:15 | Round of questions and conclusions


11:25 | IN 4.0 Project upcoming activities for maritime companies


11:30 | Closing


Moderator: Frederico Ferreira, Fórum Oceano


11:30-13:00 Final event of KETmaritime project: Transfer of Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) to the Maritime Industries


Short description

After three years of the KETmaritime Project, where the main goal was to create and raise awareness about KETs and their real potential application in the maritime industry, it will be a pleasure to share with you the main outputs and our vision about KETs in the maritime sector beyond the project.



11:30 | Three Years of the Atlantic Area KETmaritime Project

      • Ana Vila, Department of Business and Strategic Relations, INL, Portugal


11:45 | Current Pilots Deployment with SME in the KETmaritime Project

      • Paula Rico Cotelo, Innovation Consultant, AIMEN Technology Centre, Spain


12:00 | Cases Studies and Future Opportunities for KETs in the Maritime Industry

      • David Santos, Project Manager, Fundación IDONIAL, Spain


12:15| Roadmap: KETs as Growth Enablers in the R&D Maritime Sector

      • Rory Scarrot, MaREi, ERI, UCC, Ireland


12:30 | KETmaritime Legacy Beyond 2020

      • Jonathan Williams, CEO of Marine Southeast, United Kingdom


Moderator: Carla Domingues, Fórum Oceano


Virtual Conference

15:00-17:00 Research alliances in Ibero-America and their relevance for the international governance of marine ecosystems. Present and future of the INVIPESCA network


Short description

The conference is aimed to foster communication and interactions between European and Ibero-American marine research. It will address the opportunities for this cooperation within the EU RTD funding programmes as well as the role of INVIPESCA network on the promotion of sustainable fisheries in Iberian-American region; the challenges and opportunities for achieving ocean sustainable development goal and the relevance of exchanging scientific knowledge as a basis for sustainable use of fisheries ecosystems.



15:00 | Welcome


15:05| The experience of INLARVI (Interdisciplinary Network of Advanced Research for Marine Larviculture of Species with Complex Lifecycle) on international cooperation: Challenges in Research and Innovation in cooperation with European organizations 2020-2022

      • Iker Uriarte, director/coordinator of INLARVI, Universidad Austral de Chile, Valdivia


15:20 | Opportunities for Ibero-American organisations to participate in European RTD projects

      • Marina Martínez, H2020 Programme Officer, CDTI – Spanish Office for Science and Technology


15:35 | INVIPESCA network: vision and mission. Past, present and future of this network

      • Rosario Domínguez, Spanish Institute of Oceanography


15:50 | Challenges and possibilities for fisheries in Brazil

      • Paulo de Tarso Chaves, Universidade Federal do Paraná, Curitiba


16:05 | V Sibecorp – Simposio Iberoamericano de Ecología Reproductiva, Reclutamiento y Pesquerías (2021) en Colombia

      • Diana Bustos Montes, National University of Colombia
      • Jorge Paramo, University of the Magdalena, Santa Marta – Colombia


16:20 | Debate

  • Moderator: Fran Saborido, Director of Institute of Marine Research – Spanish Council for Scientific Research


Virtual Workshops

15:00-17:00 WestMED Initiative – Priorities for next years


Short description

The Initiative for the Sustainable Development of the Blue Economy in WestMED, accordingly to the Framework for Action that complements the Communication (COM (2017) 183 final) follows three main goals:

                – A safer and more secure maritime space;

                – A smart and resilient blue economy;

                – A better governance of the sea.

To support the implementation of the Initiative it was created an Assistance Mechanism composed by a Central Team (responsible by the global coordination) and 10 National hubs, one per country, that have the responsibility for the implementation of the Initiative in each country.

The webinar will present the main objectives of the Initiative for the next few years and it will be an opportunity to share some priorities and ideas on how to go forward to boost cooperation within the west area of Mediterranean. 



15:30 | Session 1 – Opening

      • Conceição Santos – DGPM – Directorate-General for Maritime Policy (Portugal)
      • Isabelle Viallon – DG MARE
      • Javier Fernández – WestMED Central Team


16:10 | Session 2 – Green Deal, Challenges for WestMED

        • Tourism

Stephanie Vella, National Hub Malta


        • Ports and Maritime Transport

Mario Dogliani, CS Mare Foundation


        • Aquaculture

Malouli Idrissi, National Hub Morocco


        • Investments and Financing Blue Economy

Michael Adams, Ocean Assets Institute


17:00 | Session 3 – Proposals to the design of new ideas and projects

      • National Hubs


Moderator: Rui Azevedo, Fórum Oceano

*to be confirmed

Virtual Workshops

11-30-13:00 Demonstration of innovative technologies to the seafood industry under the Atlantic Area Project SAFER


Short description

Targeted for the seafood industry, this workshop will showcase the pilots implemented and tested during the Safer project on a limited number of companies, now ready to be extended and reach a wider target group of recipients.
The SAFER Project gathers 9 partners from 5 Atlantic Area Member States and aims to improve the innovation performance of the seafood sector, identified as high potential for the smart growth of the participant regions, by increasing technology adoption and transnational cooperation. Further information at



11:30 | Introduction to the session and to the Atlantic Area SAFER Project

      • Carla Domingues, Project Officer, Fórum Oceano, Portugal


11:40 | Flow-Manufacturing system

      • Diogo Oliveira, Commercial Director, Foodintech, Portugal


12:00 | Digital App for Oyster Harvesting Inspection

      • Catherine Goligher, Derry and Strabane District Council, Northern Ireland


Oyster Farm Environmental Condition Monitoring

      • Dr Nick Timmons, WiSAR lab, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Ireland


Digitising a Paper Based QA system in Salmon Processing

      • Kieran McGee, WiSAR Lab, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Ireland


12:40 | Q&A session and final remarks

      • Jose Manuel San Emeterio, Project Manager, ERNACT, Ireland


Moderator: Carla Domingues, Fórum Oceano


15:00-16:30 Atlantic Smart Ports Blue Acceleration Network: start-up a Blue recovery


Short description

Ports are the blue economy hubs where a new generation of startups can thrive, opening the possibility of the Atlantic of EU, EEA and Transatlantic areas turning out to be «Blue Silicon Valley» of a sustainable ocean economy. In this panel it will be presented the Atlantic Smart Ports Blue Acceleration Network.




Keynote by:

      • Pedro Rocha Vieira – Beta-i (project leader) (PT)
      • Ruben Eiras – Fórum Oceano (PT)


AspBAN Consortium pitch

      • Cees Willem-Korneef – PORT XL
      • Nate Nasralla – Global Accelerator Network
      • Paul Holthus – World Ocean Council*
      • Elise Wattrelot – Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe
      • Michael Adams – Ocean Assets Institute
      • Bastien Farges – Eurotran Conseil*
      • Octávio LLinas – Cluster Maritimo de Canarias*
      • Paul Brewster – Irish Maritime Development Office
      • Joana Dias – Magellan*
      • Karolina Iwanowicz – Kaleido (SP)
      • Gisle Nondal – GCE Ocean Technology (NO)
      • Frederic Degret – NOAH 


Debate – How Ports and Accelerators work together for creating a Smart Port Blue Economy Hub in the Atlantic:

      • Nuno Araujo – Port of Leixões
      • Captain Allan Gray – Port of Halifax
      • Juan Diego Pérez Freire – Port of La Coruna
      • Jean-Fréderic Laurent – Port of Bordeaux*
      • Karolina Iwanowicz – Kaleido (SP)
      • Gisle Nondal – GCE Ocean Technology (NO)
      • Frederic Degret – NOAH
      • Carlos Figueiredo – Docapesca


Moderator: Ruben Eiras, Fórum Oceano


16:30-18:00 Workshop on cross-border cooperation

(the workshop will be held in Portuguese, Galician, and Spanish)


Short description

Business2Sea aims at strengthening the dynamics of strategic cooperation between all the marine economy stakeholders and cross-border cooperation is a powerful tool to achieve this. It focuses on specific aspects that share common characteristics at both sides of a given border. This event itself is indeed a successful experience in this regard as concerns to the organising team, and it is contributing to raise new cooperation initiatives between Portugal and Spain.

In addition, the European Grouping for Territorial Cooperation Galicia-North of Portugal (AECT-GNP) has been a key actor as a liaison since its creation in 2008, taking further the cooperation working group initiated in 1993. It has included in its agenda and grants support to Business2Sea.

This workshop focuses on the relevance of the marine economy within a context of cross-border cooperation between Portugal and Spain and how the available support instruments are contributing to materialise joint initiatives.




16:30 | The relevance of the marine dimension in the cross-border programming instruments of the Euro-region Galicia – North of Portugal (Joint Investment Plan – PIC, Cross-border RIS3)

      • Luis Domínguez, University of Vigo


16:45 | The European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation Galicia – North of Portugal: promoting cross-border cooperation in the blue economy of the Euroregion

      • Graça Fonseca, GNP-AECT


17:00 | Proposal for the creation of a cross-border test site as a technological driver for the Euro-region Galicia-North of Portugal 

      • Susana Bastón, CETMAR
      • Carlos Pinho, INESC TEC


17:15 | Caminha Oil spill Exercise: a successful experience of “cross-border” and “cross-programme” cooperation

      • Carlos S. Fernandes, Chief of Oceanography Division, Hydrographic Institute of Portugal


17:30 | Open debate

      • Moderator: Xosé Lago, Director of GNP-AECT


*to be confirmed

Virtual Workshops

10:00-11:30 Do not be a biopirate: the European Blue Biobank can help you use marine genetic resources legally (Project EBB)


Short description

Marine genetic resources have a wealth of potential benefits, however their utilization is subject to a restrictive normative framework (Nagoya protocol) still widely unknown. EBB supports users of marine resources to comply with that framework and in this workshop we will show how.




09:30 | The Nagoya protocol: an intricate legal solution for a number of laudable goals

      • Ibon Cancio, University of Basque Country, Spain


10:00 | How to avoid being a biopirate: EBB project experience helping marine genetic resources users act legally

      • Fiz da Costa, University of Vigo, Spain


10:20 | Lessons learnt: Round table with users of marine genetic resources and interaction with the audience


Moderator: Belén Martín, University of Vigo


11:30-13:00 Fostering resilience to climate change in coastal areas: the MarRISK project experience along the coast of Galicia and North of Portugal (MarRISK project)


Short Description

Since the set up of the RAIA observatory in 2009, operational oceanography in the Iberian Peninsula Atlantic Coast has became consolidated through the implementation of a cross-border observation and forecasting system.

The MarRISK project, co-funded under POCTEP programme, is an initiative arisen from this Oceanographic Observatory, aimed to assess the most relevant coastal risks associated with climate change. Now that it is coming to an end, partner organisations are sharing the achieved results, which are expected to help improving the adaptation and response capacity of coastal communites in the Galicia – North of Portugal Euroregion to face and mitigate such risks and their likely consequences.




11:30 | Introduction

      • Silvia Torres, CETMAR


11:35 | Observation as a pillar for resilience: from data to indicators

      • Carmen Castro, IIM-CSIC


11:50 | Modelling for prediction. Future coastal conditions: changes in biogeochemical conditions

      • Jesús Dubert, Universidade de Aveiro


12:05 | New technologies as an opportunity to move forward: Effects of erosion

      • José Pinho, Universidade do Minho


12:20 | Increasing resilience. Ports as case studies: the Port of A Coruña

      • Carlos Rodríguez, Grupo REDE, Universidade de Vigo


12:35 | Debate


Moderator: Silvia Torres, CETMAR



15:00-16:30 Workshop projeto jUMP: Monitorização do ruído submarino em águas portuguesas 

(This session will be held only in Portuguese as it addresses the Portuguese Stakeholders)


Short Description

O evento tem por objetivo sensibilizar o público para a problemática do ruído subaquático e discutir os desafios envolvidos no cumprimento das diretrizes europeias.




15:00 | O Projeto jUMP

      • Erica Cruz, WavEC


15:10 | Enquadramento legal

      • Erica Cruz, WavEC


15:20 | A DQEM

      • Vera Lopes, DGRM


15:30 | Tecnologias para monitorização de ruído subaquático

      • Clara Rodrigues, FCUL


15:40 | Pausa


15:50 | Estado da arte nas águas continentais

      • Filipa Sobreira, ISPA


16:00 | Utilização de modelos de propagação

      • Beatriz Caetano, LNEC


16:10 | Debate


Moderador: Érica Cruz, WavEC



16:30-18:00 Round table “Knowledge transfer opportunities on macroalgae exploitation”


Short description

Integral alternative for macroalgae explotation in Galicia and Portugal – ALGALUP is a project that supports smart blue growth through cross-border cooperation. It aims at boosting research and innovation on macroalgae by strengthening links between research organisations and technological centres to share and improve knowledge on this resource and adapt it to the specific conditions in each area. Furthermore, the project will foster new initiatives for an efficient exploitation of macroalgae biomass.
Within this context, the ALGALUP consortium proposes a workshop aimed to gain a deeper understanding of some recent research results and to set up links that favour uptake of previous and upcoming research results. An experts’ panel will discuss on how to get the most of macroalgae exploitation.




16:30 | Introduction ALGALUP project: objectives and expected results

      • Mohamed Soula, project coordinator, ANFACO


16:40 | Presentation on identified relevant results from other projects (5’ presentations):

      • FUCOSAN Project: open fucoidan database
        • Alexa Karina Klettner, University Medical CenterSchleswig-Holstein, project coordinator


      • Macro and microalgae in the BIOSEA project: Contents of priority compounds, their dynamics and main uses
        • Erik-Jan Malta, CTAQUA


      • ALGANAT projectSigweb. Tool formapping the spatial evolution of macroalgae and evaluation of their physiological 
        • Joaquín Martínez, Applied Geotechnologies Research Group, University of Vigo


      • AlgasAAGproject: Sustaibable management plans for macroalgae. Guidelines for sustainable macroalgae management and aquaculture
        • Javier Cremades, University of A Coruña


      • The Marine Macroalgae of the Genus Ulva: Chemistry, Biological Activities and Potential Applications of Ulva rigida on human health  
        • José Baptista, University of Açores
        • Lisete Paiva, University of Açores


      • AGREFINE project: The potential for processing seaweed using fermentation”
        • Priya Pollard, Bantry Marine Research Station Ltd


17:10 | Achieving socioeconomic impact from European funded research through effective knowledge management and transfer

      • Emma Bello, AquaTT– Intrigo


17:20 | Panel debate


Moderator: Jesús Troncoso, University of Vigo

Virtual Conference

10:00-12:30 The implementation of the EU Green Deal throughout the marine dimension of Horizon Europe 


Short description

The EU Green Deal is the new growth strategy adopted by the European Commission at the end of 2019. The plan outlines the investments needed and the financing tools available to achieve the climate neutrality objective for 2050. Due to its cross-cutting nature, it is expected to influence any other European strategies, in particular the research and innovation (R&I) policy and, therefore, the design of the annual work programmes of Horizon Europe, its main financing instrument.
Since Horizon Europe constitutes an essential tool for the promotion of R&I throughout the marine scope, the debate will focus on how both of them interweave and interact, mainly through the Cluster 6 “Food, Bioeconomy, Natural resources, Agriculture and Environment”. Within this context, the new European Partnership “A climate neutral, sustainable and productive Blue Economy” will be highlighted as a relevant tool for aligning national, regional and EU R&I priorities and bringing together science, industry, governance and society to deliver knowledge and solutions to make ocean businesses sustainable.



10:00 | Opening


10:05 | Keynote Speaker

Towards a structured sea-basin research and innovation agenda in the European Union

      • Sigi Gruber, Head of the Healthy Oceans and Seas Unit, DG RTD, EC


10:45 | Debate with the participation of:

      • Esther Chacón, Subdivision of Scientific and Technical Transversal Programs, Strengthening and Excellence, State Research Agency
      • Maria João Fernandes, ANI – National Innovation Agency, Portuguese NCP to Bioeconomy Societal Challenge under Horizon 2020// Cluster 6 under Horizon Europe
      • Conceição Santos, DGPM – Directorate-General for Maritime Policy (Portugal)
      • Fabio Trincardi, Director of the Institute of Marine Sciences, National Research Council (Italy), as representative of the BlueMed initiative
      • Thorsten Keifer, Executive Director JPI Oceans
      • Sofia Cordeiro, FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, as representative of All Atlantic Ocean Research Community
      • Baris Salihoglu, Director of the Institute of Marine Sciences, METU (Turkey), as representative of the Black Sea Connect


Moderator: Sheila Heymans, Executive Director of the European Marine Board.


12:00 | Institutional closure

      • Rosa Quintana Carballo, Conselleira do Mar – Xunta de Galicia
      • João Matos Fernandes, Minister for the Environment and Climate Action

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